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Sun 11 Aug 2013 17:00 BBC Radio 4 FM only

Duration:
38 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 06 August 2013

Ehsan Masood looks at how science has increasingly become an ideological battlefield between Left and Right. From nuclear power and genetically modified crops through to the mother of scientific-political rows over global warming, scientific research is now the subject of intense partisan debate.

Masood talks to a range of leading scientists and politicians, including current and former science ministers, to examine why this is happening and whether public attitudes to science are being increasingly coloured by politics.

He looks at evidence from the United States that there has been a stark shift in attitudes to science across the political spectrum and asks whether scientists themselves are playing a growing role in politics.

Producer: Adam Bowen.

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